Library of Congress, Dramatists Guild, New York Public Library, More Among Stephen Sondheim Estate Trust Beneficiaries

The late composer-lyricist’s will also assigns parts of the estate to a group of people, including playwright James Lapine and her husband Jeff Romley.

A handful of organizations and individuals have been named beneficiaries of Stephen Sondheim’s estate trust, which is believed to be worth an estimated $75 million. The New York Times reports that the Dramatists Guild Fund, the Irish Repertory Theater Company, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute are among those lists.

Among those named are Sondheim’s husband, Jeff Romley; Sunday in the park with George, In the woodsand Passion writer James Lapine; playwright and former romantic partner Peter Jones; assistant Steven Clar; and Peter Wooster and Rob Girard, who lived and worked (respectively) in a small house on the Sondheim property in Connecticut.

It is unclear how much each beneficiary will receive from the estate.

Mr. Sondheim contributed an extensive record collection to the Library of Congress after a fire destroyed his home in the 1990s, with “11,000 to 13,000 LPS, mostly classical music, with a surprising number of composers Scandinavians and South Americans,” according to LoC. Senior Music Specialist Mark Eden Horowitz. “And he advocated on our behalf for two collections that we ended up receiving – the Arthur Laurents and Hal Prince papers.” The library also has several collections related to the artist, including those of his collaborators Leonard Bernstein and Richard Rodgers, and of his mentor Oscar Hammerstein.


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